Tita Easley (Jail photo)
WACO (May 1, 2013)-A Waco woman who was found guilty Tuesday of trying to drown one of her sons in a backyard mud puddle was sentenced to life in prison Wednesday.
Jurors convicted Tita Easley, 37, on one count of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and one count of injury to a child enhanced and sentenced her to life in prison on each count.
Judge Matt Johnson ordered the sentences to run concurrently.
Easley must serve at least 30 years before she can apply for parole, prosecutors said.
“The jury had the opportunity to see the true Tita Yvette Easley,” Assistant District Attorney Gabrielle Massey said.
“She violently victimized two precious children. These two boys showed incredible strength and courage to stand up to the physical abuse they endured at the hands of their own mother,” she said.
The charges stem from an incident on October 3, 2011, during which police say twoboys, both of whom were younger than 10, were repeatedly beaten and burned and on one occasion one of them was held under water and was unable to breathe.
The affidavits issued for arrest warrants showed one of the boys told authorities he would have died had an unidentified person not stopped Easley from holding his head under water in a backyard hole filled with water.
Easley was indicted on the charges in March 2012.
The affidavits, six in total, showed the children had visible injuries from abuse, including abrasions, bruises and cigarette burns.
Easley has been fitted with an electric shock belt to prevent her from acting out in court because she mental issues and a history of assaulting jail employees.